Born in Bombay, India, Ketu is Professor of Drama at the University of California, Irvine. She was the Founding Chair, Department of Asian American Studies (1996-2004). Katrak grew up bi-lingual speaking both English and her mother-tongue, Gujarati. She completed her BA and MA degrees from St. Xavier's College, of the University of Bombay and completed her PhD from Bryn Mawr College in 1982.
Katrak specializes in South Asian American Expressive Arts, Drama, Dance and Performance, Postcolonial, Asian American and Diaspora Literature; Third World Women Writers, and Feminist Theory. She is the author of Politics of the Female Body: Postcolonial Women Writers from the Third World; Wole Soyinka and Modern Tragedy on the Nigerian Nobel Laureate. She has published widely in journals such as Narthanam, Amerasia, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Modern Fiction Studies among others.
Along with Katrak's scholarly engagements, she passionately supports community organizations such as Artwallah: Diasporic South Asian American Arts; and South Asian Network based in Los Angeles. She engages with artistic creativity of second-generation South Asian Americans.
Katrak is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award to India (2005-06); University of California, Humanities Research Institute's Fellowship (2002); The Bunting Institute Fellowship (1988-89) (Harvard/Radcliffe).